The Georgetown Project on State and Local Government Policy and Law (SALPAL)

At SALPAL, we give our students access to law school course offerings on state and local government law and policy. We help students seeking clinical opportunities, externships, summer positions, and career opportunities in state courts, state legislatures and executive agencies, and associations.

We provide a Washington, DC-based forum for state and local government stakeholders and intergovernmental affairs experts.

Launched in 2019, we encourage you to reach out to us to learn more about our future plans.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on Chauvin Verdict

Quote: "I would not call this verdict justice, because justice implies restoration. But it is accountability, which is the first step to justice. Now the cause of justice is in your hands." - AG Keith Ellison

See our interview with AG Ellison where we discuss the role of the state attorney general in police accountability.

Election Law Brown Bag Event

Watch our latest discussion with Prof. Richard L. Hasen of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and a 2020 Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law. SALPAL Executive Director Meryl Chertoff spoke with Professor Hasen about issues of gerrymandering, redistricting, and other related developments at the state level.

Exec. Dir. Meryl Chertoff and Prof. Sheila Foster on D.C. Statehood

Exec. Dir. Meryl Chertoff and Prof. Sheila Foster share their thoughts on D.C. statehood on the Public Morality Podcast with host Byron Williams. Additionally, click on the link below under Featured Articles to read the article they co-wrote, "Why D.C. Should Become Our 51st State."

Lockdowns, Quarantines, And Travel Restrictions, During COVID And Beyond: What’s The Law, And How Should We Decide?

Dir. Meryl Chertoff and Prof. Lawrence O. Gostin, the O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law and director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law at Georgetown, co-wrote this article originally published in the Health Affairs Journal.

Exec. Dir. Meryl Chertoff Submits Testimony on Cashless Business Bills

SALPAL's Executive Director, Meryl Chertoff, submitted testimony to the D.C. Council, the Maryland House, and the Colorado House on consumer protection measures aimed at businesses attempting to implement cashless only transactions.